AnnouncementArmenian Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh



The Armenian Room Fellowship>> is offered to enable an Armenian postgraduate scholar in any academic or professional field to conduct independent research at the University of Pittsburgh for the Fall Term with the hope that the research will enhance the applicant’s career and potentially contribute to Armenia’s advanced learning.



An applicant must be a resident citizen of Armenia who will return to Armenia following the completion of the fellowship to continue the pursuit of his or her career. Successful applicants must have completed a recognized university degree.  Individuals currently pursuing a higher education degree are not eligible.  In addition, a successful applicant will have had several years of work experience in his or her field.  Near fluency in spoken and written English is also required.  Results of the IELTS or TOEFL must be a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS or 75 on the TOEFL. Test results must not be older than two years.  See the application form for alternatives to IELTS or TOEFL results.



There are four steps in submitting an application for the Armenian Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh:


1)    The first step is the preparation of:

- A detailed curriculum vitae (c.v.) that includes both academic qualifications, professional experience, and research completed. 
- A detailed narrative of your academic background, research, and any publications.  
- A detailed statement of purpose clearly stating the nature, purpose, and methodology of the research that will be conducted at the University of Pittsburgh.  The statement of purpose may also state the intended goal of the research in relation to its future use in or importance to Armenia.


2)    The second step is to review professors (faculty) at the University of Pittsburgh in the appropriate field to determine who may share similar academic and/or professional interests. (A contact list of the different schools at the University of Pittsburgh is found below.)


After identifying a faculty member who may share your research interest, send the faculty member a detailed e-mail or formal letter introducing yourself as an applicant to come to the university as a visiting research scholar through the Armenian Room Fellowship program for one term, including the narrative of your background, your c.v., and statement of purpose.  In the communication, ask if the faculty would be willing to act as an informal research mentor while at the University of Pittsburgh in the Fall term.  You should state that you would like to be able to meet with the faculty member to discuss your research and possibly guide you to appropriate resources at the University of Pittsburgh so that you can take full advantage of the time that you will have at the University of Pittsburgh.   


If the faculty member agrees to act as an informal research mentor, please request that they communicate that agreement to you so that you may submit that information in your application.  The faculty member must write a letter of support on your behalf and send to Cristina Lagnese at


3)    The third step is to complete and submit the application form after completing steps one and two.  The application is attached.  Your completed application must be submitted by the deadline of March 30.


4)     If your application is accepted by the review committee, you will receive a formal letter of invitation and materials will be sent to the Office of International Services to issue the document required to apply for a J-1 Visiting Scholar visa as the consulate of the United States in Armenia.   




The research will take place during the Fall Term which is between mid-August through mid-December - approximately four months.  In order to find suitable housing, fellows will be required to arrive two weeks before the term begins.

The application deadline is March 30 of each year.

The application can be found here